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Former Queen’s surgeon in Scotland was unfairly dismissed by NHS Grampian, says tribunal

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 08 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6443
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Queen’s former surgeon in Scotland has won an employment tribunal claim for constructive unfair dismissal against NHS Grampian, his long term employer.1

Zygmunt Krukowski, a consultant surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, resigned in April 2016, just before he was due to undergo a disciplinary process, handling of which was branded “incompetent” by the tribunal. He was surgeon to the Queen for 12 years, until May 2016.

He was awarded a personal chair in clinical surgery by the University of Aberdeen in 1999, and the tribunal agreed that he was “internationally renowned” and “a highly competent surgeon.”

Employment judge Alexander Meiklejohn, along with tribunal members Stuart Gray and Mary Williams Edgar, unanimously ruled that Krukowski was constructively dismissed by NHS Grampian when he resigned in response to material …

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